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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good...., 20 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: LIVING THINGS (Audio CD)
...I say surprisingly, because I thought their previous album was utter, utter sh- (you get the idea); when I say I hated it, I really did. It's the last time I buy an album on a whim without listening to a preview first.

You may not be surprised to hear, therefore, that I wasn't really expecting too much from this follow up; Burn It Down was revealed as the first single. My initial response was more of a "meh" than a "that's more like it" and so it's fair to say I wasn't exactly at the front of the pre-order queue, or even the second-week sales queue. Even the previews didn't sway me and so I forgot about it.

However, Amazon then offered it for a fiver soon after it's release and so I took a chance - and I'm now glad I did. Contrary to my initial impressions, there are some really solid songs on here; Lost In The Echo, Skin To Bone and the rather brilliant Castle Of Glass to name a few. Yeah, there are a couple of dodgy numbers, but at least it's a return to form for the ex-metal band.

So if, like me, you hated A Thousand Suns, then give them a second chance with this album. For a start it's got actual songs on it instead of experimental, self-indulgent bilge of it's predecessor. Thus Linkin Park are back on my regular playlist, well saved lads!
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